Classic auction performance at Silverstone

300SL and 190E 2.5-16 Evo 2 Mercs and Ferrari Dino 246GTS perform strongly above F1 pits at Silverstone Classic 2018 during £6m auctions

An iconic three-pointed star duly delivered a stellar performance to top the Silverstone Auctions results at the recent Silverstone Classic. The 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster led 84 cars, a shuttle trailer and a paddock Monkey Bike as they collectively grossed £5.83m with premium (over £6m including charity lots and memorabilia) during a 66 percent-sold weekend.

Realistically estimated at £700,000-800,000, the matching-numbers 300SL (below) had come to market for the first time in nearly 20 years. It attracted some competitive bidding until sold in the room for £860,625 with premium.

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Meanwhile, a UK-delivered 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GTS Targa-Coupé (top) in right-hand drive with 41,000 mileage, sympathetically restored in 2009, was keenly contested and similarly applauded when knocked down for £305,000. It cost £343,125 with premium – more than has been the case in recent auctions, where several reserves have not been met.

The published reserve for a 2005 Ford GT driven 5081 dry miles (below) had been reduced by £40,000. With a 5.4 550bhp dry-sumped V8 in the tail, Ford’s retrospective homage to the GT40 duly attracted £175,000 under the gavel, costing the second owner £196,875 with premium.

Sticking with the blue oval, a substantially original 1987 Sierra RS500 Cosworth – number 38, with verifiable 10,840 mileage – sold for a below-top estimate £85,500 including premium, although RS500 numbers 296 and 470 remained unsold. However, an early airflow A-frame 1965 Lotus Cortina road car was acquired for £40,500 by an internet bidder in South Africa, while a one-owner 1977 Escort RS2000 fresh from a ground-up restoration including Pinto engine and gearbox rebuild went for £29,250.

Top-priced tin-top was a 55,000km–from-new 1992 Mercedes-Benz 190E (below). Complete with large rear wing, the 2.5-16 Evolution II number 167 really flew in the saleroom above the F1 pits beside the GP circuit. Forecast to fetch £130,000-150,000, the Stuttgart homologation special eventually sold for an applauded £159,750 with premium.

A 1990 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evo number 139 with the larger 2.5 engine married to a Getrag 265 five-speed had done 127,765km, but this didn’t deter a telephone bidder in Hong Kong from paying £135,000 for it. A 1991 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton number 216 in right-hand drive with warranted 32,000 mileage was responsible for an even longer battle between room and telephone, returning another applauded £78,750 auction performance.

A Range Rover Twenty-Ten two-door (below) with factory-fitted full-length folding sunroof had come fresh from a 1000-hour-plus restoration. Its Heritage Certificate confirms it was delivered to the Royal Household in 1975, and its more-than-stately £101,250 sale price earned yet another round of applause.

Claimed to be one of only three 1964 T1 ‘double-door walk-through’ campers remaining in the world, which had been in receipt of a clearly no-expense-spared restoration by Haywood Classic, the Vee-Dub below was much viewed by potential ‘weekends-away’ consumers – one of whom bought it in the room for £67,500. Cool, practical and festival ready.

One of the most extraordinary deals on wheels at this sale was a 1996 Lola race-engineer-built/2009 road-registered Annison F1R with Lola chassis and UK street-legal equipment (below). Propelled by a turbocharged 2.0 Cosworth YB mated to a G50 manual ’box with adjustable wings and ride heights, this projectile is as close as you can get to firing a single-seater along the camera-lined highway. The only F1R ever built, it was keenly contested up to the point when Jonathan Humbert’s smoking gavel determined ownership in favour of one intrepid new pilot who paid £52,875 for the ride.

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